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Fox Theater marquee dates now open for April

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Fox Theater is now offering dates in April to book a marquee message.

To book a message, email info@thebakersfieldfox.com with the subject line Marquee Inspired. Dates are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

The message is displayed for 24 hours at a cost of $200. For an extra $100, the theater’s neon lights are turned on for an hour at sunset.

Bomb squad called out to northeast Bakersfield after suspicious device found in trash can

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A bomb squad was called out early this morning to northeast Bakersfield after a suspicious device was found.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said at around 2:14 a.m., deputies were sent to the area of Flower and Williams streets after receiving reports of a possible explosive device found in a trash can in the area.

When deputies arrived, they located the device and called out for the department’s bomb squad to provide assistance. The squad detonated the device safely at the scene, according to KCSO.

No details about the device have been provided at this time.

Greg Lansing out as men’s basketball coach at Indiana State

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana State will not extend the contract of men’s basketball coach Greg Lansing. Lansing was 181-164 in 11 seasons with the Sycamores, including 15-10 this season. Athletic director Sherard Clinkscales says “it is simply time” for new leadership. The Sycamores won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament and played in the NCAA tournament during Lansing’s first season. He had six winning seasons. Lansing’s final game was a loss Saturday to Loyola Chicago in the conference tournament. 

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Yellen says women face many obstacles in economics careers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Janet Yellen, the first woman to head the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury Department, says women seeking to pursue careers in economics face a number of obstacles from the way beginning economics courses are taught to overly aggressive questioning in college seminars. Yellen was appearing at an event with Kristalena Georgieva, the second woman to head the International Monetary Fund. Both spoke at the event recognizing International Women’s Day and discussed the obstacles they faced embarking on economics careers, a profession where even today, women are in a distinct minority to men. 

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EXPLAINER: Why battle over a murder charge in Floyd’s death

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of a former Minneapolis officer accused in the death of George Floyd is on hold while a court considers whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge. Derek Chauvin is already facing a second-degree unintentional murder charge and a manslaughter charge. But there’s an active appeal on whether the third charge, which was dropped by a judge, can be restored. The reason is simple: reinstating the count could increase the prosecution’s odds of getting a murder conviction in what will be one of Minnesota’s highest-profile trials ever. While prosecutors could win a conviction without the third-degree charge, legal experts say the case isn’t a slam dunk.

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Cubs, Sox to let some fans into stands as COVID numbers fall

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s two major league baseball teams will be allowed to host a limited number of fans starting on opening day. Mayor Lori Lightfoot says capacity for the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field will be set at 20%. That translates to as many as 8,122 fans for White Sox home games and 8,274 fans at Wrigley Field. Several teams around the country are making similar announcements as city officials say the number of COVID-19 cases have been dropping in recent weeks. Fans weren’t allowed at any of the stadiums last season. 

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Dutch prime minister extends his country’s pandemic lockdown

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister has extended his country’s tough coronavirus lockdown until the end of the month. But Mark Rutte added a note of hope to his message to a pandemic-weary nation on Monday. He predicted that a “tipping point is coming when the vaccine gains the upper hand over the virus.” Rutte was speaking a week before a parliamentary election in the Netherlands. He is seeking a fourth term that could make him the longest-serving Dutch leader. The pandemic is casting a long shadow over other issues in the countdown to three days of voting that start on March 15. 

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Brazilian justice annuls sentences against Lula da Silva

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SAO PAULO (AP) — A justice from Brazil’s top court on Monday annulled all sentences against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, which for now restores his political rights and allows him to run for the presidency in next year’s election. Justice Luiz Edson Fachin wrote in his decision that the court in the city of Curitiba, which sentenced da Silva twice for corruption and money laundering, didn’t have the jurisdiction to put the leftist leader on trial. Both convictions stemmed from a mammoth corruption scandal at state-run oil giant Petrobras, brought to light by the so-called Car Wash investigation. 

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Jogger finds body on beach in Coronado

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CORONADO, Calif. — A jogger reported finding a body while on an early morning run on a beach in Coronado, police said Monday.

The jogger reported finding the body at about 5:25 a.m. on Central Beach, police spokesperson Lea Corbin told FOX 5 in an email. Police officers made a preliminary examination of the body and reported there were no signs of injury or foul play, Corbin said.

Technicians from the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office were investigating to determine the identity of the person and the cause of death, Corbin said.

No additional information was immediately available.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Nearly 100 pet dogs and cats have contracted COVID-19. Here’s how to protect your pets

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(KTVX) — Hundreds of thousands of Americans have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last year, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they are not alone. According to a new report, nearly 100 pet dogs and cats are said to have contracted the virus, mostly after close contact with an infected person.

“Treat pets as you would other human family members — do not let pets interact with people outside the household,” the CDC advises.

The CDC says infected pets might get sick or they might not have any symptoms, adding that of those that have gotten sick, most were only mildly ill and then fully recovered.

The risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low, based on the limited information available, the CDC says.

The CDC recommends pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside their household to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading to their animals. The CDC offers these additional tips to keep you and your pets safe:

  • Pets or other animals should not be allowed to roam freely, and cats should be kept indoors.
  • Avoid public places where a large number of people gather.
  • Do not put a mask on pets. Masks could harm your pet.

The CDC added that there is no evidence that the virus can spread to people from their pet’s skin, fur or hair. According to the CDC, you should not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or other products like hand sanitizer, counter-cleaning wipes, or other industrial or surface cleaners.

If you have questions about appropriate products for bathing or cleaning your pet, the CDC says to contact your veterinarian.

The CDC added that if you are sick with COVID-19, either suspected or confirmed by a test, you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just as you would with people.

  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with your pet including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, sharing food and sleeping in the same bed.
  • If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a mask and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.

If you are sick with COVID-19, and your pet becomes sick, the CDC advises that you do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself. Instead, contact your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID-19. Some clinics may offer telemedicine consultations or other plans for seeing sick pets.

At this time, the CDC says there has been no evidence that animals are playing a significant role in the spread of COVID-19, but because all animals can carry germs that can make you and other people sick, the CDC says it is always a good idea to practice healthy habits around pets and other animals.

  • Wash your hands after handling animals, their food, waste or supplies.
  • Practice good pet hygiene and clean up after pets properly.
  • Talk to your veterinarian if you have questions about your pet’s health.
  • Be aware that children 5 years of age and younger, people with weakened immune systems, and older adults are more likely to get sick from germs some animals can carry.

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health, the infection of animals with SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — has implications for animal and human health, animal welfare, wildlife conservation and biomedical research.

The latest findings show that poultry and cattle are not susceptible to COVID-19 infection.

Utah is one of a number of states that have seen their mink populations affected by COVID-19.

In mid-December, a wild mink living in the area of an infected Utah farm tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Officials say this is the first free-ranging, native wild animal confirmed with SARS-CoV-2, to the best of their knowledge.

Utah’s state veterinarian Dr. Dean Taylor said in November that data does not suggest mink are a threat to people. Thousands of mink on Utah farms have already died because of the virus.